Juvenile Delinquency in Mercer, PA
Unfortunately, in many areas of the Mercer County, juvenile delinquency issues are on the rise. There are many reasons for the rise in youth offenders. The juvenile sentence in Pennsylvania often depends on the severity of the crime, the number of crimes, and other family matters.
In 2017, a total of 247 juvenile cases were reported for every 100,000 people age 10 to adulthood in the jurisdiction of Mercer County. Of that total, 89% of those proceedings were delinquencies which equaled 220 court cases. Another 11% were dependency cases that accounted for 27 of the juvenile cases.
A lot of counties, including, Mercer County, are focusing on family therapy and relationships rather than punishment for juvenile crimes. Future Mercer County juvenile delinquency numbers will show whether or not this approach is working.
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Government of Mercer County, PA
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Mercer County, PA Courts
Mercer County Common Pleas
Address: 103 N. Diamond Street, Mercer, PA 16137